CIRCUIT COURT — A Belmont man was ordered held on $1,000 cash-only bail yesterday after allegedly head-butting a woman during a domestic disturbance Thursday.
Gregory Potter, 32, of Greenleaf Court is also charged with driving after revocation and breach of bail.
According to complaints and police affidavits obtained from the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division, the owner of the Potter's apartment went to the Belmont Police Department at 8:31 a.m. Thursday to report the victim sent him text messages saying Potter was "destroying the apartment and damaging her property."
Two police officers went to the apartment and found Potter still there. When the victim spoke privately with police, she told them he had head-butted her, thrown things at her and that she was afraid of him.
Police charged him with simple assault and took him from the apartment.
Once at the police station, police learned he was on bail after being arrested for driving after revocation on October 9. His license was suspended in 2011 for driving while intoxicated.
Belmont's prosecutor asked for the $1,000 bail saying that Potter has 16 previous arrests including two bail jumping charges and a felony reckless conduct charge in Gilford in 2011 that involved the same woman.
Potter's attorney argued that he was not a flight risk and could live with a relative in Meredith. She also told Judge Jim Carroll that that he had a good job as a machinist and there were no alcohol or drugs involved in the most recent allegation.
"Does that make it better or worse," Carroll asked.
When she replied "better" Carroll said he thought it made it worse.
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